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The Average Speed Camera (ASC) system between Tyndrum and Lix Toll on the A82/A85 has now commenced enforcement.
Across the 15.9 mile stretch of road between Tyndrum and Lix Toll there have been 21 recorded injury collisions, with up to one in every three vehicles speeding despite the deployment of resources at three mobile enforcement sites.
The change of strategy to ASC aims to improve driver behaviour and speed limit compliance, smooth out traffic flows and make journey times more reliable. The evidence from previously implemented systems across Scotland shows that average speed technology has helped to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the road.
The system contains six sites along the 15.9 mile stretch of road between Tyndrum and Lix Toll. Cameras are located 5-7km apart, with cameras operating in each direction. The system has cost approximately £250,000, which includes the design process, engineering and installation.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said: ‘This system will help to encourage improved driver behaviour and compliance with the speed limit which we expect will save lives. We remain committed through Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 to making our roads safer, and we are working towards an ultimate vision of zero fatalities and reduced number of serious injuries on our roads.’
Chief Inspector Mark Patterson, Police Scotland Road Policing, said: ‘This average speed camera system has been installed to make the journey between Tyndrum and Lix Toll safer for all road users. This section of road carries a high volume of commercial, local and tourist traffic, and excessive speed has been a significant contributory factor in collisions resulting in serious injury or death. Elsewhere in Scotland the introduction of average speed camera systems has been shown to reduce road casualties. I would expect these cameras to encourage greater compliance with the posted speed limits and improved driver behaviour, resulting in safer journeys and fewer serious collisions.’